Fire officials have contained the 104 acre Bear Trap Fire located in the Bear Trap unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire to ensure that it does not spread. The fire started by an escaped campfire near the intersection of the Madison River and Bear Trap Creek.
Access to the Bear Trap area is open to the public. Visitors to public lands are asked to be cautious with fire and to make sure that campfires and cigarettes are extinguished before leaving any area you may be visiting. A small spark coupled with winds can cause a fire to grow quickly.
Officials are asking for anyone who might have knowledge or have seen anything near the origin of the fire on Sat. March 10 that would help in the investigation are asked to contact the Madison County Sherriff at (406) 843-5301.
Firefighters from the BLM and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, are managing this fire.
|Date of Origin||Saturday March 10th, 2012 approx. 04:30 PM|
|Location||17 Miles NE of Ennis, MT|
|Incident Commander||Paul Roose|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday March 18th, 2012 approx. 06:00 PM|
Tall grass, shrubs and some timber
Because this fire is burning in a Wilderness area, Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) are being utilized so most control lines are cold trailed.
|Wind Conditions||35 mph S|